Applications Sought for Awards
Nominations are currently being accepted for two educator awards presented annually by the North Carolina Symphony. North Carolina students, parents, colleagues and community members can recommend their local music teacher for the 2011 Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator and Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement now through Friday, April 15.
Download the application to nominate your local teacher at the Competitions and Awards section under the Education tab at the symphony's Web page, www.ncsymphony.org, or contact Jessica Nalbone at email@example.com or (919) 789-5461.
The Maxine Swalin Award for Outstanding Music Educator celebrates a North Carolina music teacher who makes a lasting difference in the lives of students of all abilities and backgrounds, serves the community in an exemplary manner as a role model in music education, instills a love for music in children, and inspires students to reach appropriately high musical standards.
The $1,000 recognition is made in honor of Maxine Swalin, wife of Dr. Benjamin Swalin, North Carolina Symphony music director from 1939 to 1972. Together they lobbied for the passage of North Carolina Senate Bill No. 248, "The Horn Tootin' Bill," providing state financial support for the symphony's education program, and in 1945 established the children's concert division of the symphony. More than 60 years later, the program remains one of the finest and most extensive in the country, bringing free live symphonic music to children throughout North Carolina.
In 2009, the Education Committee of the North Carolina Symphony created a new prize, the Jackson Parkhurst Award for Special Achievement, to be granted in the years in which a strong second candidate for the Swalin Award demands recognition. The prize is named after the symphony's former director of education, in honor of his longstanding service to the students of North Carolina.
Judith C. Booth, orchestra teacher at Northeast Middle School and Albemarle Road Middle School in Charlotte, and Dena Byers, music specialist at Hillandale Elementary School in Durham, were last year's winners of the Swalin and Parkhurst awards, respectively.
Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina's cultural life. Its 175 performances annually are greeted with enthusiasm throughout the state, in communities large and small, in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums and outdoor settings.
Under the artistic leadership of music director Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra has grown in stature and sophistication, now advancing a well-earned reputation for innovative programming and collaborative projects. The symphony also performs approximately 45 free concerts per year for schoolchildren all over North Carolina as the core of an education program unrivaled by any U.S. orchestra.
For tickets, program notes, podcasts, the blog and more, visit www.ncsymphony.org.
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